The "Reversing Visibility Index" released by NRMA Insurance
measures how clearly a car driver can see out the back of their
reversing vehicle. The Reversing Index showed that the number
of Australian cars tested with a reversing camera as a standard
or optional feature has increased from five in 2006 to 15 in 2007.
See the full Car
Reversing Camera Visibility Index.
manufacturers in Australia that offer car
reversing cameras as standard or a factory option on some
vehicles include Audi, BMW, Ford,
Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru,
Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo
Road Safety Manager Pam Leicester said reversing cameras can
greatly improve what drivers can see behind their vehicle while
reversing so it was pleasing to see so many car manufacturers
starting to adopt the reverse car technology, especially on
4WD and luxury vehicles.
especially welcome the recent move by Toyota in making a reversing
camera standard on all grades of the new model Kluger.
the news isn't as good for family sedans and smaller vehicles.
Very few of these vehicles feature the technology and as a result
have performed poorly in our Index,"
Pam Leicester said.
of the 4 most popular family sedans in Australia have received
a 0 star rating, and of the 12 cars who failed to achieve any
stars five are small-medium vehicles.
is a real concern because many of these vehicles have hazardous
reversing blind areas, usually caused by high rear window lines
installing display screens for audio, GPS and air-conditioning
systems can add a reversing camera for a minimal cost. That's
why we urge manufacturers to offer reversing cameras as standard
equipment to help keep small children safe," Pam Leicester
drivers don't need to buy
a brand new car to get access to reversing camera technology.
Retail products are available and can be easily retro-fitted
to older Australian cars that don't feature a display screen
reversing cameras can result in improved rear visibility for
drivers of many cars on our road today. A properly-installed
camera could, in fact, give the driver the same visibility as
a five-star car," Ms Leicester of the Australian
car insurance company NRMA added.
reminded all parents that even the best reversing camera was
no substitute for adult supervision of children around cars.
every week a child is run over in their driveway in Australia
and these incidents account for about 10per cent of all child
pedestrian deaths and injuries.*
children are naturally inquisitive, can move surprisingly quickly
and can be in unexpected places so motorists should never drive
a vehicle where a small child could be unattended. Make sure
an adult is holding the child or put the child securely in the
vehicle with you when you are maneuvering in a driveway,"
See how cars ranked for their child
safety car reversing camera technology.
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